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FG Begins Screening of 40,000 Varsity Degrees Obtained Abroad

by Happynaija
Minister of Education Adamu Adamu

The Federal Government, through the Ministry of Education, said on Monday that it had constituted a 16-man committee to screen over 40,000 degrees claimed to have been obtained from Nigerian students who studied in foreign institutions.


The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, who inaugurated the committee in Abuja,

said the screening by the committee was necessary to detect cases of

fake foreign degrees obtained, particularly from sub-standard

institutions in Africa and beyond.

Adamu made the remarks at the 33rd meeting of the National Standard

Committee on Evaluation and Accreditation of Foreign Qualifications.


The minister said according to a preliminary assessment by the

Ministry of Education, no fewer than 40,000 Nigerians were either

holding such certificates or currently studying in various

tertiary institutions abroad.


He said degrees from questionable institutions,

especially from countries such as

Benin Republic, Togo and Cameroon,

had already been identified by the ministry.


He said, “There arose the need to assess the quality of foreign qualifications

obtained by Nigerians in order to determine the Nigerian equivalence for

the purpose of further studies and employment.


“The recommendations that will be given by the committee will

prove crucial to the well-being and future of those that

acquired the qualifications and foreign certificates.”


Our correspondent learnt that the 16 persons in the

committee were drawn from the six geo-political

zones of the country.


Meanwhile, the ministry said it had also prosecuted 20 persons

for certificate forgery and falsification of signatures

of officials of the ministry.


The Director, Education Support Services, Mrs. Justina Ibe,

said this at the committee meeting, noting that the suspects had

been handed over to the Independent Corrupt Practices

and other related offences Commission.

Ibe said, “From 2015 to 2017, not less than 20 persons have been caught

and handed over to the ICPC or the police with respect to

forgery of certificates, presentation of fake certificates,

forgery of signature of ministry officials, etc,

out of which one person has been jailed for seven years.


“The main reason for convening this important meeting is to enable members

of the National Standing Committee, which is the highest decision-making body

on evaluation of foreign qualifications, to deliberate on issues that would

be presented and take appropriate decisions.”

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